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Hardware Tip of the Week: Grilling Guru Secrets and Icemaker Problems

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Grilling Secrets: Think you know barbecue grilling? Got all the answers for tasty outdoor cooking? Maybe not!
Today you'll learn grilling secrets of the gurus and a few new tricks we'll bet you'll use.
First, do you keep a plant atomizer handy? Maybe you do (filled with water to douse flare-ups), but

grilling gurus fill it with apple juice instead! It makes a "sweet" smoke and gives meats a rich and appealing mahogany color.
Try it! Using one of those "pricey" basting brushes to apply barbecue sauce and other stuff?
Grilling pros use a good paint brush instead; it works better, lasts longer, and costs less. Then there's the cast iron skillet.
Think it's for cooking in? No way! Putting it on top of meats helps them cook faster and brown better (with nice "sear" marks to boot!)
Finally, always turn meats with tongs instead of stabbing them with a fork (which lets all the tasty juices run out.)
Of course, you knew all that, didn't you? Now go ahead and run out for some apple juice and an atomizer; we won't tell!
Icemaker Problems?: So you want a nice, cool drink but the icemaker’s on the blink. Here’s how to trouble shoot an icemaker that isn’t making cubes. Before you start seeing dollar signs for repairs check the obvious.
• Is the wire arm in the up position? If so move it down to turn the icemaker back on and it’s “problem solved.”
• If the problem is small cubes check for a clogged water-supply line.
• If freezer temperatures are set too high it causes problems too and icemakers don’t cycle properly.
Set 8 degrees or lower for crisp, clean cubes. If these simple quick fixes don’t do it, it may be time for replacement. Icemakers typically only last 6 to 10 years and oftentimes, buying a new one is as cost effective as a repair. If you do go shopping for a replacement, be sure to take along the make and model number of your refrigerator.
Bonus Tip: Rain Gutters:
It’s a good day for fixing-up your rain gutters (with quick-fix tips from the Carey Brothers). Gutters leak? Sag? All clogged up? Runneth over like the proverbial “cup”?
To find sagging low spots pour water in the high end and gently bend metal brackets up with pliers where water accumulates.
Then patch leaky joints with silicone caulk or gutter sealant.
To fix a leaky steel gutter apply a liberal coat of roofing cement, add a layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil followed by more cement, more foil and a third coat of roofing cement.
When clearing gutters don’t mess up siding by dumping debris overboard.
Tie a long rope onto a bucket instead and lower it to the ground where a helper can dump it or you can climb down safely using both hands. Patch up the gutters and raindrops won’t be falling on your head anymore. And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.